About

The Catering Executives Club of America seeks to provide its membership of food and beverage professionals in the hospitality industry an organization that will educate, inspire and foster leadership through education, networking and inspiration at monthly meetings and special fundraising events.

The Club strives to give back to the community on a regular basis through scholarships for aspiring future professionals as well as charitable contributions for those in need.


 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

PRESIDENT
John Rudy
Vice President
Food for Thought

VICE PRESIDENT
Wendy Cutka
Director of Special Events
Union League Club of Chicago

TREASURER
Erik Friend
Senior Catering Sales Manager
Hilton Chicago

SECRETARY
Nash Calihan
President
Calihan Catering

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
Chris Schmidt
Director of Catering
InterContinental Hotel Chicago

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Bill Ryan
Director of Private Events
The Glen View club

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Claire Fitzpatrick
Sales Manager
Navy Pier SMG

TRUSTEES

Katherine Newton, CCM
Assistant General Manager
North Shore Country Club

Robert H. Neubert, CPCE CMP
Director of Catering Sales
The Hilton Chicago

Joseph S. Monastero, Jr.
Executive Director, Global Enrollment Strategy
Laureate Hospitality Education

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

John Kaht
Senior Banquet Manager
The Palmer House Hilton


Executive
Secretary

Maryellen Coens

Scholarship
Committee

Jill Quinn
University Club of Chicago

Tom Luft
Hall’s Rental

Bill Pry
Retired

Peter Diaz
Retired


Marketing
Committee

James Gustin
Fig Media Inc.

Lucas Chaltry
Virgin Hotel Chicago

Planning
Committee

Virginia Lionberger
VKL Consulting

Tara Hubbard
InterContinental Hotel Chicago

Pamela Swisher
Union Square Events


Membership
Committee

Lanie Hartman
BBj Linen

Roberto Monastero
Monastero Entertainment

Peter Diaz
Retired

Education
Committee

Hilary Saurer
River Roast Private Events


Associate
Representative

Joe Ober
At Your Service, Inc.

Cindi Weber
Sound Investment

Junior Board
Representative

Lisa Ciechanowski
Food for Thought